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Carnival Of Souls [DVD]

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  • Actors: Bobbie Phillips, Shawnee Smith, Larry Miller, Paul Johansson, Cleavant Derricks
  • Directors: Adam Grossman
  • Writers: Adam Grossman, John Clifford
  • Producers: Anthony Hickox, Lisa Harrison, Mark Amin, Michael L. Meltzer, Peter Soby Jr.
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Vci
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Dec 2001
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WIAV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,843 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Alex Grant is haunted by a horrific event from her past: twenty years before, circus clown Louis Seagram had befriended her family, only to murder her mother in a psychopathic frenzy, whilst Alex looked on. Although Seagram is supposedly safely behind bars, Alex is still prey to terrifying flashbacks and hallucinations, and fears that they may be turning into reality.

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dvd is technically correct, film Carnival of Souls I liked very much
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb 2001
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this movie was so boring i almost fell asleep watching it, i was expecting it to be really scary but it didnt make me jump once it might be good if ur looking for a dramatic movie but n e 1 whos looking for a horror u'll find scream more scarier..
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
An insult to its source material 16 Jun 2000
By Thomas M. Sipos - Published on
Format: DVD
This film is a remake of the 1962 horror classic of the same name. The 1962 original was atmospheric, darkly poetic, haunting; its story a subtle balance between two alternate interpretations.
This is none of those. This remake is a clunky mess, arbitrarily meandering through pointless scenes and aimless "monsters" lifted from JACOB'S LADDER.
Aside from the monsters, a line, too, is lifted from JACOB'S LADDER. The one about demons and angels. This makes *some* sense, as both the original CARNIVAL OF SOULS and JACOB'S LADDER are inspired by Bierce's "Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge."
The 1962 film had a beginning, a middle, and a twist ending. This 1998 remake has numerous beginnings, middles, and ends. Scenes switch back and forth as the lead character keeps "waking up" to indicate that all that went on before was a dream. If not for the rough road map provided by the original film, we'd have an even murkier idea of what's going on.
Basically, a woman drives into the river, and at times seems to have escaped, at times is just now escaping, at times appears never to have driven into the river at all...
Not clever, just confused and confusing.
The original film's cool lead actress portrayed a young woman afraid of life, who "hadn't really lived." It was subtle, yet the point was made. In this new version, the character helpfully tells the audience that she "hasn't lived," in case we don't "get it."
The pedophilia "update" to the original film's storyline doesn't add anything.
This 1998 film's lead actress, Bobbie Phillips, guest-starred as the "bug woman" in THE X-FILES.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not as good as the original, but it didn't suck as much as I was expecting it to. 9 July 2006
By Zombilicious - Published on
Format: DVD
A young girl sees her mother violently killed at the hands of the live-in boyfriend (who also happens to be a carnival clown). Later as an adult she is haunted by her past when the carnival comes back to town.

I loved the original black and white Carnival of Souls movie and I'm usually a little skittish about remakes. I must admit that I was given some forewarning that Wes Craven changed the plot in this one, which probably helped my overall take on it. So from the start I wasn't expecting much.

In this version the girl and her sister own a bar. There is no church and no organ music, which takes away from the eeriness that we all loved. Hmm how to describe? In another review someone described the original b&w movie as being "darkly poetic and haunting," which can't be said any better. In this version, Wes Craven turns the carnival into a brighter, more chaotic and psychotic place. The ending is similar in the sense that everything is not what it seemed, but obviously with the different plot comes an entirely new scene.

Shawnee Smith is in this film, which is a definite bonus. Also Larry Miller plays a great sicko clown!

I'm giving the movie a 2.5. Compared to the original, the movie deserves a 1 or less. However, anyone who enjoys Wes Craven flicks and sees this movie before seeing the original will probably enjoy it enough to rate it a 3 or 4. So I'll be generous and rate in the middle.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A good movie, for horror fans! I liked it! 22 July 2000
By Wolfgang M. - Published on
Format: DVD
If you want ILM special effects, famous actors and to eat popcorn while watching - forget this movie. But if you like movies where the director left something to think for the audience and if you prefer psychologic horror and atmosphere - you will definately like this horror-puzzle movie!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
turgid, tedious, coma inducing travesty of a remake 10 Jan 2000
By O. Khan - Published on
Format: DVD
a total sell out by Wes Craven by attaching his name to this unspeakably inept remake of one of the great cult classics of all time. This is as awful as Herk Herverys origianl is brilliant. Where as the original was creative, creepy and almost surreal, this one has an "artistry" that would shame Ed Wood let alone Wes Craven. It has the feel of a tacky tv straight to vid film which it undoubtedly was. The acting is worse than amateurish, the plot - a total shamble. There is not a shred of suspense or tension throughout the movie......and one only yearns for one thing, that it be over SOON. The best thing about the movie is its relatively short running time at less than 90 minutes. After the putrid this over-ripe turnip. What can we expect from the "Wes Craven presents" next time around? new depths in the modern horror cycle. This is a true stinker.......stay well away and save up your pennies for the mouthwatering upcoming Criterion release of the original and marvelous CARNIVAL OF SOULS. due in March 2000 with any luck.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Zero stars 9 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: DVD
This movie belongs on the Lifetime:Television for Women network. A touching movie about child molestation and the lasting effect is has on a woman. The scariest thing about this movie was Wes Craven's name on the DVD cover. He should be a little more selective on where his name goes. I was never a big fan of the original movie, but at least it had an odd spookiness to it. The only thing remotely spooky about this movie was that Jacobs Ladder spinning head creature, although by the 90th time you see it, it's kind of lost it's touch.Oh yeah, DVD picture looks fine, yadda yadda yadda, but it doesn't matter cause this movies not worth it. If you haven't seen the 1960's original, check it out. Or just watch Showgirls, this way you'll at least get to see Bobbie Phillips naked, instead of just teasing us in her underwear. One more thing. Using clowns and carnivals as a scource of terror is way cliched, and had it's heyday with Poltergeist and The Funhouse. Larry Miller should stick with stand-up.
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